Water and sewer connection, availability, and pro-rata are three different fees that encompass the Public Facilities Permit (PFP). These fees cover the costs of a developer’s water and sewer connections to the Town’s utility system.
A Public Facilities Permit is prepared and all fees are due after plans are approved, and before a zoning permit is issued.
Water and Sewer Connection Fees
Connection fees are assessed when an initial connection is made to the Town’s water and sewer system.
- Water connection fees are $80 for residential and $120 for non-residential.
- Sewer connection fees are $80 for residential and $120 for non-residential.
Connection fees cover the cost to purchase a water meter and other appurtenances from the Town allowing for consistency of materials in the utility system. The cost of a meter and associated crock, copper setter, etc. is dependent upon their current market values.
Water & Sewer Availability Fees
Water and sewer availability fees purchase capacity with the Town’s water and sewer system. They are one-time fees by which the Town recovers the cost of the infrastructure needed to provide water and sewer service. These fees are paid when a building initially connects to water and sewer service. For an existing or previously occupied space, availability fees are only assessed when usage is determined to be greater than the current permit. In that case, the applicant would pay the difference between the availability fees for the previous and new uses. An exception to this requirement is when a business is located in the Historic District, in which case additional availability fees are assessed only if your use requires a larger water meter than the existing water meter.
A new single family or duplex home is assessed the minimum availability fee of $11,975 ($4,683 for water + $7,292 for sewer). A multi-family home or townhouse is assessed availability fees at the rate of $9,596 per unit.
Availability fees are calculated using average daily usages based on historical usages by various types of businesses. Current commercial categories and estimated daily usages are:
|COMMERCIAL CATEGORY||ESTIMATED DAILY USAGE|
|Office||33 gallons per 1,000 square feet*|
|Retail||36 gallons per day per 1,000 square feet*|
|Industrial/Warehouse||10 gallons per day per 1,000 square feet*|
|Hotels||103 gallons per day per room*|
|Hair Salons||80 gallons per day per styling chair*|
|Restaurant - Full Service||10 gallons per seat per meal per day/seat/meal*|
|Restaurant - Limited Service/Fast Food||8 gallons per seat per meal per day/seat/meal*|
|Restaurant - Carry Out (no seating)||36 gallons per day per 1,000 square feet*|
|Restaurant - Coffee Shop||890 gallons per day per 1,000 square feet*|
*The minimum availability fee is 350 gpd, or $11,975
Current water and sewer commercial rates are:
- $13.33 per gallon for water service
- $20.20 per gallon for sewer service
- $33.53 total per gallon for water and sewer service
Minimum combined water and sewer availability fees for new commercial construction are $11,975.
Below are several examples of availability fees based on use type:
|COMMERCIAL EXAMPLE||AVAILABILITY FEE|
|Office Building (15,000 sq. ft.)||$16,597|
|Retail Store (3,000 sq. ft.)||$11,975 (minimum fees apply)|
|Warehouse Building (50,000 sq. ft.)||$16,765|
|Hair Salon with 6 styling chairs||$16,094|
|Full service restaurant, 30 seats, 2 meals per day‡||$20,118|
|Fast-food restaurant, 30 seats, 3 meals per day||$24,142|
|Carry-out restaurant (2,000 sq. ft.)||$11,975 (minimum fees apply)|
‡ When calculating availability fees for restaurants, outdoor seating and bar seats are excluded from the calculation.
Pro-rata fees apply only to certain properties where Town capital expenditures were applied to infrastructure construction for the sole benefit of the properties to be served. A pro-rata fee is assessed only to those properties when developed that directly benefit from the public improvements.
Financing of Fees
Availability fees may be financed through the Town when they are in excess of $10,000 for water service and $15,000 for sewer service. Payments may be made in installments pursuant to a contract that has been approved by the Town Manager. Such contract shall coincide with a commercial lease, but for no more than 60 monthly installments.
|Other Fees included with the Public Facilities Permit||FEE|
|CCTV Inspection Fee||$50 Residential, or
|Cross Connection Inspection Fee||Fee based upon meter size|
|Meter Set Fee||$50 per meter|
The Public Facilities Permit includes the initial fees for CCTV and Cross Connection Inspections. Should the facility fail either CCTV or Cross Connection Inspections or both, additional fees will be charged based on current Miscellaneous Utility Fees until the facility passes all inspections.
For additional information on water and sewer fees,
please contact Utilities Department, Betsy Payne at 703-771-2762.